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What to Do When Your Boat Won’t Float

When I was teaching on creativeLIVE I shot a boat in the studio. We couldn’t turn all the lights off in the studio so the subject and boat had a lot of unwanted light on her, and I was a bit confused in editing about what to do with the shot. It is neat on […]

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Shooting in a Challenging Situation

The 5th episode of the Framed Show’s “The Concept” aired recently, which features myself and powerhouse photographer Lindsay Adler duking it out to see what we create with the same location and concept. During this episode we were challenged to shoot at Coney Island and our theme was “twins”. I adored this day like no […]

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The Concept: Episode 1 – Entrapment

How do I begin to describe this experience that I had, week by week, when looking back on it now the whole time we spent together feels like one run-on sentence? The time I spent in New York was, quite nearly, indescribable. Some back story…I have worked with the Framed Network several times in the […]

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Floating on Clouds

These pictures have multiple motivations behind them. The first is to continue my series titled “Pictures from the Sewer” in which I take photos in a place that most people would find disgusting and dark, and try to turn them into something beautiful and whimsical. The series is shown in its entirety below. My other […]

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The Thing About Smart Phones…

I say, without reservation, that I am the worst multitasker to ever appear on planet Earth. In fact, just before writing this blog post, I was supposed to answer emails while simultaneously checking on dinner. But then I got frustrated, started daydreaming, and ended up here, writing in my blog. It’s not that I can’t […]

creativeLIVE Photo Week Images

My second time at the creativeLIVE studios was just amazing, as I knew it would be. To be around such hard working and dedicated people is truly a gift and I do not take it for granted. The best part? Getting to meet the students and spending time with them outside of the classroom. We […]

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Into the Earth

I went out shooting at such a beautiful location. I have been inspired lately by two things: creating something out of nothing with little to no budget, and working in nature. I often go back to themes that I have for my photography: nature, surrealism…and see how I can experiment with those themes. Theme can […]

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Becoming a Writer

When I was little I wanted to be a writer. I wanted to be a poet, or a short story writer, or even a novelist, despite my shortcomings in being able to write a long piece of fiction. It was a dream, a fantasy, something that I could firmly believe in and get lost in […]

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Capture Inspiration Photo Retreat: Chicago

I had two experiences this summer that inspired me to host a photo retreat. The first was teaching on creativeLIVE where I got to spend 3 days with the students in the class, morning til night (often until midnight shooting in our hotel rooms). The next experience was filming my new Framed show The Concept […]

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Point & Shoot vs. DSLR

I think it can be very beneficial to a photographer to have a nice camera, especially if you have to print an image quite large, or if you need to share a high-res image that is very high quality. If you’re shooting a high volume of images to deliver to a client, you don’t want […]

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